Welcome to Pucallpa
However, the city has a distinctly less junglelike appearance than other Amazonian towns. Although this is an important distribution center for goods along the broad, brown Río Ucayali, which sweeps past the city en route to join the Río Amazonas, the rainforest feels far away. After all those miles of tropical travel to get here, Pucallpa seems underwhelming, and hasty modern development in the center barely disguises the shantytown simplicity a few blocks further out.
But beyond the city sprawl, there is reason for the traveler to linger: the lovely, more traveler-friendly oxbow lake of Yarinacocha, with river lodges to relax at and interesting indigenous communities to visit.